Egyptian soldiers murder seven-year-old African refugee

Sunday, June 29, 2008 |  Israel Today Staff

Egyptian soldiers at the weekend shot dead two Sudanese refugees, one a seven-year-old girl, who along with 16 others were trying desperately to reach the Israeli border. The others, including the girl's mother, were all arrested and sent to detention centers.

Refugees from Sudan's blood-soaked Darfur region initially set up camp in neighboring Egypt. But following years of brutal mistreatment, they began making their way on foot across the scorching deserts of the Sinai Peninsula to the one place they knew they would at least not be physically abused: the Jewish state.

For some reason intent on not letting the Africans reach Israel, Egyptian border guards have killed 16 Sudanese within view of the Israeli border since the start of this year alone.

With limited resources, Israel itself is struggling over what to do with the refugees, but unlike its neighbor has never even considered the possibility of using deadly force to prevent their entry. Israel has also rejected the Egyptian policy of sending the refugees back to Sudan, where they are certain to face a gruesome death at the hands of government-backed Arab militias.

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